There are prizes to be had! Noticing that the Halloween craze has started already, I noticed a game that was never on my radar. I remember playing trial bike games more than a decade ago. I also remember I did not like them. There was something very difficult in handling the acceleration and the rider?s posture at the same time. After tapping on the obvious pumpkin head of Trials Frontier, I was hit by those memories. Nevertheless, I installed it...
Trials Frontier takes place in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world where the survivors of some unknown catastrophe retreated in the Western US and started living just like in the nineties. The eighteen-nineties that is.
The story (if there's even worth mentioning) is a about a stranger (you) that arrives in this town that's annoyed by Butch, a very funky looking character riding a children's balance bike. What exactly they hate about him, beats me. The important thing is that the stranger (you) gets to help the locals in finding Butch's hideout and beating him on his own turf... at a bike trial.
This is the main pretext for running around the area and testing your skills on different tracks.
The game is about gaining experience and parts so that you can improve your bikes and construct new ones. Running a trial is very forgiving. You will usually pass around four checkpoints so even though you don't need more than a minute to finish a trial, you get to repeat each section that you stumbled in. Finishing a course will grant you a random benefit (parts or gems) but will also adjust your ranking. Each track has its own ranking and there's also a general ranking that can improve with each successful run. Rankings in Trials Frontier are implemented using a new type of philosophy. Instead of demoralizing you by saying "Congratulations! You ranked 45954'th for this track" it simply states the top percentage you occupy. This gives a real feel of progression by showing you advance from the bottom of the barrel at Top 100% to the more select class of bikers in the top 50%, 25% and so on.
New tracks are unlocked by taking up missions which also give extra rewards such as cash and experience.
The Halloween aspect is a temporary feature. From special bundle packs, there's also an exclusive new mechanic which has you collecting pumpkins that appear on selected tracks in order to win all sorts of rewards. This forces you to adopt different tactics than usual, where speed is less important than careful pumpkin smashing.
UbiSoft does not disappoint. The quality of this game is top notch. Even though it suffers from the Freemium disease it does not feel like a grind fest. Each track has its own theme and style though nearly all of them finish in a horrible accident. Recommended!